Great Park Balloon Dons Glowing Jack-O-Lantern Mask October 1


Members of the media are invited to cover the Orange County Great Park Balloon's annual transformation into a glowing Jack-O-Lantern.

The Great Park Balloon's mask consists of banners that make up the eyes, mouth and nose of the Jack-O-Lantern. A 70-foot boom lift will be used to place the banners onto the Great Park Balloon.

The Great Park Balloon is one of the largest tethered helium balloons in the United States.


The transformation of the Great Park Balloon into a glowing Jack-O-Lantern marks the unofficial start of Fall and the countdown to the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The fifth annual Great Park Pumpkin Harvest is a day of fall family fun. Kids who dress in costume will receive a raffle ticket and have opportunity to win special prizes. Kids, twelve and under, can pick their free pumpkin from the Great Park Pumpkin Patch, while supplies last. Families who bring non-perishable canned goods will be treated to a special trick or treat stations on Good Witch Lane.

The October 20 event serves as the kick off to the month-long Great Park food drive that runs through November 18 and helps Second Harvest Food Bank and the Community Action Partnership provide canned goods to Orange County families in need for Thanksgiving.


It takes a team of four to put on the Great Park Balloon's Jack-O-Lantern mask. Two Great Park staff members operate the boom lift and two staff members on the ground prepare the banners that make up the eyes, nose and mouth.

Great Park Board of Directors Chair Beth Krom will also be available for interviews.



Event timing: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Orange County Great Park Balloon Park

Follow the signs to the Balloon Parking Lot

Off the 5 and 405 Freeway at Sand Canyon in Irvine.

Primary entrance is at Marine Way off of Sand Canyon.



/PRNewswire -- Sept. 26, 2012/

SOURCE Orange County Great Park